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Mar. 16th, 2009 | 08:56 pm

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Today I was told that I overanalyze things. The following entry is proof of this.

Dec. 25th, 2005 | 12:09 am
mood: pissed off
music: Mr. Haaaanky, the Christmas Poo!

This evening I went for a couple of slices of pizza with Ali. As I paid at the register, the poor guy who had to work Christmas Eve wished me a "Happy Holidays".

That in itself was fine. What got me thinking was the glance he shot me as he said it. It was hesitant, almost fearful. Maybe I imagined it, but I don't think I did.

And that's the problem with this whole stupid Merry Christmas/Happy Holidays debate. It leaves no room for middle-of-the-roaders like myself (and, I presume, the pizza man). There's really no third option.

If I greet somebody with "Merry Christmas", then I'm being disrespectful towards modern secular society and I'm alienating non-Christians (like myself). But if I greet somebody with "Happy Holidays", then I'm condoning extreme political correctness and giving the impression that I have something against Christmas.

And that's what's wrong with this whole debate. Both greetings are now sort of pre-loaded with an accompanying opinion, so it's impossible to greet somebody or respond to somebody else's greeting without abandoning neutrality.

And that's how Orwellian our society has become, that an informed individual can't even wish somebody happiness or joy in the new year without first considering the political implications of his his or her choice of wording.

Forget celebrating the birth of Jesus, or the Maccabees' victory over the Syrians, or whatever the hell Kwanzaa is about. The new god of the holiday season is Semantics, and America is celebrating by sacrificing virgin phraseology on the altar of political correctness.

So, yeah. Maybe most intelligent people are of the opinion that this debate is one of those things that they can just ignore until it goes away. And they're most probably right. In the meantime, however, I will fiercely defend my right to have no opinion whatsoever.

So Happy Holidays.
And have a merry Christmas.
A happy Hanukkah.
A kwaazy Kwanzaa.
A tip-top Tet.
And, as always, a solemn, dignified Ramadan.



By the way. If you didn't know that there was a debate raging over this, please open a newspaper or flip on the news once in a while. Begin with Bill O'Reilly on FOX news. When you can stand it no longer, then switch to The Daily Show on Comedy Central. It's worth your time, I promise.

Leaving this entry public, for once.


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Dec. 2nd, 2005 | 04:36 pm

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Why is this monkey not wearing pants??!

Read all the way to the bottom to find out!!!


So, um, yeah. This message is to let everybody who doesn't normally read every single one of my journal entries know that I now have a second journal, jeff_down_under.
The purpose of this new journal will be to chronicle my adventures in Australia. jeff_down_under will be public, as opposed to senorjefe, which is friends-only.
I already announced this once, but I know a lot of people don't read every single thing I write here. Which is totally fine, I understand that.
So, if you haven't already done so, feel free to friend me at jeff_down_under, and I will eventually get around to friending everybody back.
Oh, and there is a pants-less monkey up there because I needed something that would get the attention of people who normally skip over my boring entries.


By the way. If you think that the pants-less monkey was also a subtle tribute to jaaackie, then you are absolute right. Jackie hates pants.

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